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A study of sagebrush in the Boise Foothills could help preserve the plant across the West

A photo featuring mountains in the Boise Foothills with a person in the middle wearing a floppy hat.
John Kelly, Boise State University
BSU scientist Leonora Bittleston collects tiny sagebrush leaves in the Dry Creek area of the Boise Foothills.

Sagebrush is on the decline in the west including Idaho, thanks in part to wildfires and loss of habitat.

Leonora Bittleston is an assistant professor in the department of biological sciences at Boise State University and she's studying the bacteria and other microscopic "bugs" that live on the leaves of the sagebrush plants in the Boise foothills. She's here to talk with Gemma about the study.

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